Candidates out on last campaign day before March 18 primary

Candidates out on last campaign day before March 18 primary

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Ill. Sen. Kirk Dillard, Ill. Sen. Bill Brady, Ill. Treasurer Dan Rutherford, businessman Bruce Rauner and FOX 32's Mike Flannery. Ill. Sen. Kirk Dillard, Ill. Sen. Bill Brady, Ill. Treasurer Dan Rutherford, businessman Bruce Rauner and FOX 32's Mike Flannery.
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The machines and ballots are ready for Tuesday, but most experts are expecting a low turnout for the primary.

State Rep. Christian Mitchell got a hug from State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, a Rogers Park mother of three and a Lesbian who co-sponsored with Mitchell and others Illinois' new gay marriage law.

As Mitchell campaigned along 47th Street with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cassidy and fellow North Side State Rep. Ann Williams paid a surprise visit to Mitchell, who's been targeted for defeat by South Side pastors opposed to same sex marriage.

"To deny people in the LGBT community the right to marry is contrary to the principles of our country." Said Preckwinkle.

Mitchell's vote for public employee pension reform angered some teachers, whose union has endorsed challenger Jay Travis. The squabbling Democrats in this 26th House district are typical of others across Illinois. These local fights are one reason it will be difficult for public employee unions to persuade Democrats to cross over Tuesday and vote in the Republican Primary.

Hoping to defeat multi-millionaire Bruce Rauner, some unions who've never endorsed a Republican at this level before are supporting Kirk Dillard to be the party's nominee for governor. The IEA teachers union is among those urging Democrats to take a Republican ballot.

In another closely watched contest, dairy owner and investor Jim Oberweis was back to politicking Monday. His opponent, Army Ranger School graduate and health care consultant Doug Truax, got a surprise boost last week when Oberweis disappeared for days. He eventually confirmed reports he had been in Florida celebrating his wife's birthday.

Republican candidates running for governor were spending the last day before the primary election traveling around Illinois.

Businessman Bruce Rauner stopped at a Chicago restaurant early Monday to meet with commuters and ask them to vote in Tuesday's election.

As he continued a three-day statewide tour, Rauner said he wants to "rip the corruption out of Springfield."

Meanwhile, State Sen. Kirk Dillard was in East Alton, Marion, Champaign and suburban Chicago. State Sen. Bill Brady's schedule included stops in Springfield, Peoria, Urbana, Marion and Chicago.

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford doesn't have a public campaign schedule. His spokesman has said he's focused on making phone calls.

Democrat Tio Hardiman, who's running against Gov. Pat Quinn, was visiting universities in Peoria, Champaign and Bloomington.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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